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WELCOME TO 8TH GRADE
Each year, our staff works diligently to complete our final responsibilities in preparation for the upcoming school year.  We hope that our families enjoyed their time together during this vacation and we are looking forward to meeting and working with each of our new students and their families.  In our attempt to provide students and their parents with pertinent information about this upcoming school, we are offering orientation information to view at your convenience. 

 
An orientation video has been prepared that will provide students and parents with a detailed account of what to expect during their 8th grade school year.  The total time for this video is approximately 45 minutes, but we have broken it down into 14 “chapters” so that students and parents can more easily access specific information.  However, it would be most beneficial to watch all “chapters” to generate a complete understanding of what is expected during your child’s 8th grade school year. 
 
Chapter 1: Introduction.  Welcome comments and introduction to staff members.  Click here.

Chapter 2: Differences.  A discussion of the differences between 7th and 8th grades.  Topics include: professional and support staff, facilities, academic rigor, high-stakes testing, and student schedules.  Click here.

Chapter 3: 9th Grade Course Selection.  A discussion about the 9th grade scheduling process.  Click here.

Chapter 4: Honors.  A discussion about the achievement of Honors, Distinguished Honors, and our National Junior Honor Society Program.  Click here.

Chapter 5: Academic Responsibility. A discussion about homework, student absences and make-up work, short and long-term planning, “knowing the score”, and seeking immediate help from assigned teacher when struggling academically. Click here.   
             

Chapter 6: Student Behavior. A discussion about the expected behavior of students.  Click here.

Chapter 7: Outside Challenges.  A discussion about the need of students to effectively balance outside activities with academic responsibilities.  Click here.

Chapter 8: School Activities.  A discussion about activities offered at school and end of year social activities requiring the eligibility of students.   Click here.

Chapter 9: Social – Emotional Challenges.  A discussion of the issues facing adolescents and school-provided supports.  Click here.

Chapter 10: Parent Communication.  A discussion about the process of parent and school communication.  Click here.

Chapter 11: National Blue Ribbon.  A discussion about the National Blue Ribbon recognition.  Click here.

Chapter 12: Important Dates.  A discussion about the release of student schedules, building walk-through, and date of Open House.  Click here.

Chapter 13: ConclusionClick here.
 
We have also included two additional transition videos for student and parent review.  Former 8th grade students discuss their candid perspectives of the academic and social experiences at the 8th Grade Center.
            Transition video – here .
            Student Perspective video – here.
 
The power point presentation of the orientation video is available for parents to print and use as a reference for the upcoming school year: here.

The 2015-2016 9th Grade Course Selection Book is available for parents to access and gain an understanding of prerequisite grades for certain Honors and Advanced Placement Courses. 
Click here.

 
Information regarding the Project Lead the Way – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program offered at the high school beginning in 9th grade can be accessed and reviewed by parents and students.  here .
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